Why we are doing this. This is a new things for us to offer followup questions, but we'd like to help encourage you to stay in the study of Colossians with us each week as you begin learning to study and apply the Word yourself. The following instructions and exercises are meant to help you carve out space and time to be with God. This will require you figuring out a time as well as a place. My personal experience has taught me that failing to plan is planning to fail in my time with God each day. We've set aside three exercises this week, but encourage you to try and build this into a daily routine if possible. Sort of like morning coffee!
A few tools for the journey. Bible (preferably one with cross references), journal or notebook, pen, and bonus points for a highlighter.
Getting Started. Have you thought of a time and place you will use this week? It may change day to day, but our body likes rhythms, so try to stay consistent if possible. Make that appointment with yourself and God!
Instruction for each day…(Budget a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day)
- Start by spending 2 minute in silence. This is meant to help quiet your mind, heart, and surroundings in order to "be still" in every way you can. Try to let your mind think on Christ and how He wants to speak through His Word, and you are about to meet with Him there. Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but I think you will find it serves its purpose.
- Read the chapter in Colossians for yourself each day before answering the discussion questions. Reading the chapter will help to familiarize yourself with the context so that you don't "miss the forest for the trees."
- Complete your time with a short prayer of thanks to God and 2 more minutes of silence.
- Who are the people in your life that have influenced you? Your personal Epaphras(s). These may not have been direct disciplers, but they help you to grow or understand something about Christ by their words or example.
- Try and write down your own story of coming to an understanding "who Jesus is." Try to connect the things that happened in the Colossian's story found in V3-8 of Chapter 1 to your own story.
- Based on Chapter 1 of Colossians, journal for a moment what the text is teaching "the role of prayer" should be in the life of a believer. What are the different things Paul prays for the Colossians?
- How should V15-20 fuel our prayers? What role does Christ play in our prayers?
- Based on V21-28, what CAN we expect and NOT expect as followers of Christ? Make a list to compare from the text of things we "CAN" and "CANNOT" expect to receive from God.
- Write a summary of anything you have learned about yourself and about Christ from Chapter 1 of Colossians.